Study shows CBD is effective at reducing stress in dogs
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Results from a new study show that a single oral dose of CBD can significantly reduce stress in dogs, caused by car travel or being left alone. The study, carried out by Waltham Petcare Science Institute in the UK, aimed to understand the impact of a separation event and car travel on canine stress and establish if CBD could help. The results, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, shows a single oral dose (4mg per kg of body weight) of THC-free, broad spectrum cannabidiol (CBD) can ‘significantly relieve’ multiple measures of dogs’ stress caused by car travel or being left alone. The blinded, randomised, placebo-controlled study looked at how CBD impacted the experience of 20 dogs in two commonplace activities that were anticipated to cause stress – car journeys and being left alone. Researchers collected a range of physiological (including blood levels of cortisol, ear temperature, heart rate) and behavioural measures (e.g. whining, trembling, panting) at different times during the study. There were significant changes in several stress-related measures, with the car journey eliciting a more pronounced stress response. Dogs then received either a placebo or CBD capsule and two hours after administration, were exposed to either the separation event or car travel. Researchers found multiple measures of the dogs’ stress improved following administration of CBD. Specifically, dogs treated with CBD were scored as significantly less ‘sad’ , had significantly lower cortisol levels, exhibited less whining and were in a more relaxed emotional state overall than dogs that received a placebo. READ MORE: The pets who are barking mad for CBD Growing evidence for CBD in dogs This adds to a growing body of evidence around the safety and efficacy of CBD for dogs. Another recent study from Waltham Petcare Science Institute, which is part of Mars Petcare, showed…
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